Authenticity:Seaxes & Viking War Knives

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For blades over 14" in length see Langseax
For blades under 7" in length see Knife

Kit Guide

Kit Guide
Description Very Early
(793-899)
Early
(900-979)
Mid
(980-1041)
Late
(1042-1079)
Very Late
(1080-1179)
Angevin
(1180-1215)
Seaxes with blades from 7” to 10” Encouraged Encouraged Encouraged Encouraged Optional Unacceptable
Seaxes with blades up to 13” Optional Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable
Double/single edged knives (not seaxes) Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Encouraged Encouraged
Rondel & bollock daggers Unacceptable
Wood handles Encouraged
Wooden handles with bark left on Unacceptable
Bone handles Optional
Worked antler handles Allowable
Unworked antler handles Unacceptable
Composite wood / bone / stone handles Allowable RICH
Seax or knife carried unsheathed Unacceptable
Decorated sheath Encouraged Encouraged Encouraged Optional Optional Optional
Undecorated sheath Allowable
Sheath horizontally hung Encouraged Encouraged Encouraged Optional Allowable Unacceptable
Sheath vertically hung Encouraged Allowable Allowable Allowable Encouraged Encouraged